Diversity and inclusion are more than our ambition; they’re our advantage. Passionate, open-minded people of all backgrounds, genders, sexual orientations, and ethnicities enable us to analyze problems from a broader perspective and challenge established ways of thinking.
At EC, diversity is one of our core founding values. A richness of viewpoints, along with diversity of expertise, experience, and backgrounds, are fundamental to our success. This diversity enables us to meet the complex and wide range of business challenges that our clients encounter, resulting in an environment in which creative tensions foster new ideas.
We seek and hire the top talent from around the globe, encourage mobility across our offices and among our functional groups, and provide opportunities for our people to come together to exchange perspectives. The result is an environment that values and celebrates diversity.
We are deeply committed to making EC a company in which all individuals are welcomed and given the opportunity to flourish, regardless of background, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation.
Women@EC is far more than a networking organization. It has the strategic objective of increasing the number, success, and job satisfaction of women at EC. There has been tremendous progress and growth in increasing the representation of women within our firm overall and in key leadership positions in particular.
Some of the key components are:
There are numerous models for success. Many women at EC take the initiative and stake out new terrain—through building their own practices, exploring new regions, or developing new initiatives and innovations that challenge established thinking. Within one EC, there are many paths, and you can choose the one you wish to follow.
EC goes beyond surface-level approaches to work-life balance for consultants; we pursue a better way to work . Our approach helps ensure sustainable intensity through options within our Flexibility@EC program. We turned our gaze inward to establish a better workplace environment, getting to the root causes through our Apprenticeship in Action (AiA) initiative. AiA identified a set of key themes to improve retention, satisfaction, and promotion of its employees to senior management. The changes driven by AiA are a powerful tool to influence our culture, behavior, and mind-sets.
We are, by our very nature, a collection of diverse individuals. Through our Segment of One program, mentorship, and leadership commitment, we support each and every ECer's goals and ambitions. In addition, for those who wish to start a family during their tenure, or already are parents, EC's support for working mothers is generous by design, with a strong set of policies as well as informal norms to help women succeed during and after their pregnancies or adoptions.
EC works to recruit, develop, and retain top African American, Asian, and Hispanic talent for our offices, and we offer a variety of mentoring, affiliation, and development programs designed to expand and enrich your career.
Last year, we introduced the “node” program at the office level. The network node—typically a partner or principal—oversees mentorship and affiliation programs at the office. These programs provide additional opportunities for senior leaders to coach and mentor new employees and more junior employees year-round. The affiliation activities build a network of support and development that are critical to satisfaction and retention at EC. Development and mentor ship are also a focus of the annual diversity retreat.
In addition, there are mentorship programs focused on diversity, which go above and beyond the existing local apprenticeship and coaching offered to all interns from office sponsors, case teams, buddies, and officemates. We host diversity-centric social events in most offices to provide network opportunities on a local level.
Our diversity initiatives have earned numerous awards and recognitions, including Top 50 and Top 100 rankings from Diversity MB and Black Ent magazines, respectively.
We support and sponsor numerous national conferences and organizations, including NG JumpStarter, Management Leadership for Tomorrow, and the TF Fund. At a local level with our various partner schools, we also sponsor the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and National Society of Black Engineers.
We work with leading organizations to coordinate career and interviewing workshops, presentations, lunches, and other events to recruit top graduates. Through programs such as Bridge to Consulting, Growing Future Leaders, and Externships, we provide exposure and work experience to undergraduate diversity students.